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Riparian Bird Workshop: June 15-17, 2018
This workshop is now full. 

Thank you to Wildnote for helping sponsor the Riparian Bird Workshop

Member Registration Fees:

  • California Central Coast Chapter TWS Professional as of announcement date: $450
  • Students: $200 (students must provide ID upon check-in)
  • Early Career Professional: $200 (must be less than 2 years since graduating college)

Non-Member Registration Fees (includes 1-year membership):

  • Professional: $500
  • Student: $250 (students must provide ID upon check-in)
  • Early Career Professional: $200 (must be less than 2 years since graduating college)

Workshop Details

Friday, June 15th you will check in (between 4 and 6 pm) and settle into your accommodations. Dinner and lecture will begin promptly at 6 pm. This evening you will learn tips and tricks to developing skills to bird by ear.

Saturday, June 16th will start out with an early morning field experience where you will practice the birding by ear techniques learned the evening before. Visual identification will also be taught (binoculars required and range finders if you have them) along with techniques for detecting breeding bird activity and performing nest searches. Challenges to surveying in riparian habitats will be discussed, as well as strategies for overcoming these circumstances. Though there is no guarantee if we will see or hear them, least bell’s vireo are known to occur at this field site. After a full morning of birding, the afternoon will consist of a daytime lecture session back at Camp Arnaz. Species experts will speak about survey methodology in riparian systems and the life history and identification of special-status riparian birds found in the central coast region. Specimens will be on display for review. After learning all your birding survey skills, you will be given a real-world survey task and unique field sites to work on in small groups. After a break for dinner, there will be time to relax with participants and instructors around the campfire (if there isn’t a burn ban) before bed.

Sunday, June 17th you will travel to your field site in your small group and perform the field survey you planned the day before with guidance from a seasoned ornithologist. Groups will meet back in the classroom to discuss their survey and lessons learned with all participants. Workshop will conclude at 11 am with plenty of time to travel home.

Please be prepared for the field experiences and make sure to bring appropriate clothing, hat, closed-toe shoes, sun block, camera, and don’t forget your binoculars! More details will be sent to registrants prior to the workshop.

Workshop will be taught by experts, Jessica Griffiths and Peter Gaede

*Sightings/calls of specific species are not guaranteed as conditions may vary

For More Information: Contact Tiffany Whitsitt-Odell at

Note: Registration includes meals (Friday Diner through Sunday Breakfast) and lodging. Lodging consists of two open bunkhouses with full kitchens and bathrooms with one shower per bunkhouse (see photo of bunks below). Tent camping is also available.

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A list of past workshops is available on the Events page.